Posted: 11/03/2016 at 08:55
It can be devastating but you do get over it. Our main wind direction seems to be north westerlies so we put up windbreak fabric to protect our potager and ornamentals. It then rained so much that the very next storm pushed all the fence posts, with their concrete boots, to an angle of 45°. They are now buttressed.
We had a hail tornado one May that wiped out my rhubarb patch and all the hostas and left pitted scars on trees, roses, shrubs and ripped clematises apart. Everything recovered over the summer but it was a shock to me as well as the plants.
We have a trellis panel fence between the potager and ornamentals and it has been drunk for years because of strong winds. This winter half the panels have had the trellis strips ripped from their frames so we've taken them all down, will redress the posts when the ground thaws and replace the wooden panels with metal builders' mesh which will be indestructible and largely invisible and less wind resistant yet still support my Generous Gardener and all the clems.
Onwards and upwards.